We will tell you how to get from Bogota airport to city center. There are a few options since the distance from Bogota Airport to La Candelaria in city center is 15 kilometers and the drive is around 40 minutes to 60 minutes depending on the traffic. You can go by taxi for $16 USD, public buses as cheap as $2 USD and you can hire Cabify too.
You’ll need your GPS to track your location and downloading apps make sure you read here Colombia sim card for tourist. Also read here how to get from Medellin airport to city center, budget travel in Colombia and Colombia backpacking guide.
Bogota Airport To City Center
Bus From Bogota Airport to City Center
If you are going by bus from Bogota airport to city center. You will have to get from the airport to Portal El Dorado station with the free Feeder (The Alimentador 16-14 Airport) shuttle from the airport. The free shuttle (Green Color) is leaving the airport every 10-20 minutes. To get the free shuttle at the first floor of terminal 1 outside in the exit Number 6.
Feeder bus (The ALimentador Bus) 16-14 operates from Bogota airport Monday to Saturday from 5 am to 10 45 pm and Sunday from 6 am to 9 45 pm.
At Portal Eldorado if you are going from Bogota airport to La Candelaria which is the most popular area for accommodation. You will have to take the Bus K86 line also takes you to the city center. Transmilenio is running every 10 minutes. You will have to stop around University stops if you are going from Bogota airport to La Candelaria (most of the cheap accommodation in Bogota).
The total travel time will be more than 1 hour with the Free Transfer plus maybe you have to transfer to Candelaria depending your final destination. You will find maps inside the Transmilenio and you can transfer with the same ticket. Ask for help to the drive just in case you need!
The fare by bus from Bogota airport is 2400 COP plus 5000 COP Tullave card around $2 USD total. Transmilenio Buses are operating from Mondayto Friday from 4 30 am to 10 45 pm, Saturday from 6 am to 10 45 pm and Sunday 6 am to 9 45 pm. Keep reading below:
Tullave Card Transmilenio
The Transmilenio fare from Bogota airport to Candelaria is 2400 COP which is 60 cents of USD. You can’t pay in cash and you have to buy Tullave card that costs 5000 COP and later you top up credit. You can buy Tullave Card in the Bus Station and also in the airport
Taxi From Bogota Airport To City Center
The taxi fare from Bogota airport to city center is around 60000 COP which is $16 USD fixed price in white taxis. The taxis are totally safe and you can hire them in the exit of the Terminal. The total travel time from Dorado International airport to Candelaria is around 25-30 minutes depending on the traffic.
Make sure they turn on the taximeter the yellow taxis and the price will be around $16 USD. The price is great and it can be a great option if you are traveling with more people or bringing too much luggage.
Cabify And Uber From Bogota Airport To City Center
Cabify App can be useful for traveling around Colombia but they have similar fare than taxis going from the airport to city center $15-20 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day. Uber isn’t operating anymore in Colombia.
Bus P500 Cheapest Way From Bogota Airport to City
If you want to know the cheapest way from Bogota airport to city center. You can get the P500 Bus line in the Terminal 1 in the exit Number 7. You have to pay with Tullave card like the Transmilenio Bus as we mentioned above 5000 COP to buy and later you will have to pay 2200 COP (just little bit cheaper than Transmilenio). The Bus P500 is going from Bogota airport to Barrio El Chicó which isn’t in Candelaria exactly.
Bus Route Airport El Dorado – Normandía – Parque Metropolitano – Simón Bolívar – Parque de los Novios – Barrio Colombia – Barrio San Felipe – Barrio Porciúncula – Barrio El Chicó.
The Bus P500 is operating from 4 am to 11 pm from Monday to Saturday and from 5 am to 10 pm on Sunday and public holidays. The travel time from Bogota airport to El Chicó area is around 35-40 minutes. You can also transfer with the Transmilenio if you wish.
ACCOMMODATION IN BOGOTA
There are numerous hotels and B&B that you can choose from especially in La Candelaria area. Accommodation price can take you around $10-12 USD if you sleep in a dorm. For mid budget accommodation starts at $40-60 USD and more than $100 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Bogota.
FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN COLOMBIA
A total of $5-6 USD dollar can be your daily food budget travel in Colombia. Local food in a local restaurant will start from $3-5 USD. And you can get snack like street foods for $1 USD. You can buy a combination of patacones and papas rellenas with a drink for only $1.
Patacones is a fried plantains and it is famous in Colombia, often paired with guacamole and other sauces. Papas rellenas is a stuffed potatoes, the taste is so delicious! The price is only $1 USD. Also you can find beer for $1 USD in Colombia.
BEST TIME TO VISIT IN COLOMBIA
You can go to Colombia any time of the year. The months of December to February are the best time to visit Colombia because is the sunniest also the peak season. October to November are the months ideal for those working with a budget, because its is considered the low season in the country.
ATMS AND CASH IN COLOMBIA
The official currency of Colombia is called Colombian Peso (COP). And $1 USD=3500 COP. ATM’s are available all throughout the country but my advise to you is to us those are inside the banks. And it is also advisable to withdraw as much as you can because fees for transaction tend to be higher for foreign cars. The maximum amount that you can withdraw will be around 600K COP depending on the bank.
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